#HealthBytes: Can Sexually Transmitted Infections pass through oral sex?
Sexual stimulation on a partner using the mouth, tongue and lips is what we call oral sex. The act is quite common among sexually active adults. However, just like other forms of sexual activity, oral sex can also be dangerous, in terms of transmission of infections/diseases (STI/STDs), even if it's not very common. Here's how you can prevent catching STI/STDs from oral sex.
Which STI/STDs can pass from oral sex?
Many dreadful STI/STDs like gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, HPV and HIV may pass from an infected person to their partner through sexual discharge in the mouth, throat, genitals and the rectum. The risk depends on the type of infection and the sexual acts performed. That is why, it is important to use protection each time one engages in sexual activity of any kind.
Here is how to practise safe oral sex
Here's what you should do to ensure safe oral sex: While practising oral sex on the penis, always use a non-lubricated latex/polyurethane-based condom. Further, while having oral sex involving the vagina or the anus, use a dental dam. In case a dental dam isn't available, cut open a condom to create a square and apply to mouth to create barrier while performing oral sex.
These are some general tips to prevent STIs
Here are some general tips to prevent spread of STIs from oral sex: Limit your number of sexual partners. Openly communicate with your partners about your and their sexual health histories. Go for regular STI check-ups to make sure both you and your partner test negative for any of the infections. Avoid engaging in sexual activity, when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.